Generic Terrain: Dirt Roads Part III
Yup, I'm definitely overwhelmed by the response to this generic terrain project! Thank you one and all for your kind comments, +1's, Likes and hearts! If you've only just stumbled into this project, you can catch up with the story so far by viewing part one here and part two here.
I'm making dirt tracks for my 28mm wargaming using only acrylic decorator's caulk. I'm following a post I came across from back in 2012 by Brian on The Warbard which you can see here. My thanks to Brian for commenting on my posts so far, and the helpful advice of Pat Smith (he of Wargaming with Silver Whistle). You can read their comments at the bottom of my blog posts.
So this post is all about how I went about painting and flocking my dirt road sections.
The first thing I did was to paint the edges of the undersides of my sections. You wouldn't need to do this if you use a brown caulk. I didn't and so wanted to make sure that no white was visible. This took to coats. The caulk was rather shiny in comparison to the upper surface, due in no small part to how smooth they were. You can see in the next photo the difference adding a second coat does to them.
Painting large areas are best done with a larger brush, but I decided against using too big a brush for this job. I wanted to get really good coverage, especially in the crevices. I painted mine using a size 5 brush. It might not have been quick, but it made sure that the paint covered everything. You don't want long bristles gliding over the details.
I left mine overnight before starting to flock them. I doubt they needed anything like that amount of time to dry. It's just that it was late.
So the next day I began applying the first layer of my flock. All the flocks I'm going to talk about are the building blocks of my wargaming terrain boards. The colours I'll be using are exactly the same as those that feature on my boards. I use the same colours on my miniature's bases. The continuity ensures that figures, drop on terrain and the boards themselves all fit together as a cohesive unit.
First up then is my Woodland scenics Blended turf. I'm using T50 Earth Blend. This is my go-to soil colour. I begin by applying PVA glue to my section. I always work one section at a time. I'm aiming to cover as much of the purely flat areas in the centre and along both edges, but I also dab a few bits on the raised sections between furrows. This will make the tracks stand out and begin the process of blending these pieces into the rest of my terrain.
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